BELGIUM: Judge at EU Supreme Court backs workplace ban on Muslim headbags

0ae5a05054754f49b445de2ba6756bd0An ‘entitled’ Muslim convert woman decided one day that she would begin wearing an Islamic headbag/hijab to work, daring her employer to challenge her. When she was fired for violating the company’s strict business code policy which prohibits the wearing of any kind of headgear at work, she threatened to sue her boss for racism (What ‘race’ is Islam?) and discrimination in a supreme court.

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MadWorldNews  Samira Achbita wasn’t always a Muslim elitist who believes that the majority should cater to her every religious whim. In fact, for over three years in her employment as a receptionist at G4S British security firm located in Belgium, she never once had a problem with the company’s dress code and policy for a neutral environment.

As soon as she converted to Islam, however, she demanded that her employer grant her special privilege by exempting only her from their business code.

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Radioverslag reports that in 2006, Achbita was fired for wearing a hijab to work after being warned that no employee was allowed to wear any head gear.

After her case was dismissed in court, she decided to take it all the way to Belgium’s Court of Cassation, a supreme court of last resort. With the rise in catering to Islam and political correctness over the last decade, Achbita believed she not only had a good chance of winning her discrimination case but that she’d get a hefty amount of money for the alleged persecution she faced. Unfortunately for her, she couldn’t have been more wrong.

After 10 years of battling for entitlement to wear the Islamic hijab against company rules, Achbita was told by the judge that not only was the court ruling against her discrimination case, but that all companies in the EU can ban Muslim employees from wearing headscarves as long as they have a rule that states that workers must refrain from religious and political symbolism, according to the EU Observer.

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The headscarf ban “may … be justified in order to enforce a legitimate policy of religious and ideological neutrality pursued by the employer,” Juliane Kokott, a German advocate general at the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg, said in a statement on Tuesday (31 May).

Kokott said G4S was right to have a no-symbol policy “because of the special nature of the work which G4S employees do” and because Muslim scarves or other religious paraphernalia would have “a defining impact … on the image of the firm.” “While an employee cannot leave his sex, skin color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or disability at the door upon setting foot on his employer’s premises, he may be expected to curb the exercise of his religion in the workplace.”

Achbita is outraged at the court’s decision to make her comply with the rules like a common non-Muslim. Comparing not covering her hair to exposing her genitals, she dramatically complained that she’d rather be killed than go outside without her head covering, a punishment some Islamic countries would oblige.

“That to me is the same as going to work without pants or sweater. I’d rather die,” Achbita whined. (Works for me!)

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